Bathroom Renovations

What are the bathroom renovation essentials?

The commonly asked question for a bathroom renovation is “what are the bathroom renovation essentials?

When you sit down and start thinking about what is required, there are usually many unanswered questions:

  • Do I need a building consent?
  • How much work will need to be done on the existing bathroom?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Can I live in the house during the renovation?

Renovating is in no way a simple process. The team at Style Plus look at some of the design planning essentials for a bathroom renovation.

Bathroom Renovation Essentials

Will I require a building consent?

Commonly, there are three questions to be considered when planning a bathroom renovation:

• Will there be any structural changes? Typically, removing a wall between the toilet and connecting bathroom. The question to ask is, is the wall load bearing?

• Are there any changes to the plumbing? If you are re-positioning, or adding any plumbing to alter the layout of a bathroom, you will require a building consent. If you are replacing like for like, such as updated fixtures, in exactly the same positions, then a consent is not required.

• Do I need a building consent for a tiled wet area shower? In all cases, installing a tiled wet area shower will require a building consent.

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Bathroom Renovation Essentials

Which tiles to choose – ceramic or porcelain?

Porcelain or ceramic? Both are part of the larger category of tiles we can call ceramic. Both made from a mixture of clays and other materials, then kiln-fired to approximately 1400 degrees.


Bathroom vanities with Style

Bathroom vanities with Style

With so many available gorgeous bathroom styles and ideas, it is hard to make a decision on which bathroom vanities and sink to select for your new or renovated bathroom. The team at Style Plus look at bringing style to the bathroom space.

Bathroom vanities

Types of vanities & sinks for your renovation | new build

It’s not easy to pick out a sink for your bathroom bathroom renovation or new build when there is a good selection to choose from. There are a couple things to consider when selecting a bathroom sink:

• What is the design style that you want to achieve?

• Is your chosen bathroom design clean lines and modern, traditional or mid-century modern?

Think also about the space you have to work with. From wall hung sinks that attach directly to the wall and do not use any floor space to bathroom sinks that are mounted in a vanity or sit above a countertop, there are many options to choose from.

bathroom vanities

Stylish Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities come in all shapes and sizes. You will want to make sure you have the right one for your design style. Keep in mind that the bathroom vanity is pretty much the centrepiece of the bathroom.

There are three main styles of bathroom vanities:

• Shelf Vanities

• Wall mounted vanities

• Cabinet style vanities

Shelf vanities

A shelf type vanity is a minimalist type vanity. This type of vanity can be designed in a variety of ways such as wall hung or as part of a free standing unit…


Bathroom Tile Design

Bathroom Tile Design

Renovating a bathroom and selecting the bathroom tile design can be both an exciting and rewarding experience as you anticipate creating an environment that calms and relaxes.

Bathroom Tile Design

To refresh or renovate your bathroom requires a certain amount of time, energy and planning. Even the simple re-styling job can take time. Then there are the endless choices on offer for people looking to add a new vanity, bathtub or even create a walk-in shower. Selecting the right tiles can also feel like an uphill struggle.

In general, it helps if you have an understanding of what you want, what works in your bathroom and what are currently trending in bathroom design. In this article the team at Style Plus shed some light on tile options.

Bathroom tile design colour trends

When it comes to colour, grey has been a dominant trend seen through bathroom interiors, varying in shades from cool grey to a moody charcoal. Grey tiles will contrast well with porcelain basins, stone features and matt back finishes. For mood, grey evokes calm and relaxing emotions, making it a suitable choice for a bathroom.

Matte, nude and neutral colours are on the rise. These will be perfect combinations for darker greys, and they will introduce some contrast to the overall colour scheme.

Tile Design

New Zealanders love to use natural products in their design and bringing timber styling into a bathroom that creates a natural and breathable space. Timber tiles are now available in many different colours, extra-long 1.8m lengths, and lots of different styles, including distressed finishes.






Bathroom Renovation Planning

Bathroom Renovation Planning

The series of articles from the Style Plus design team look at key aspects of bathroom renovation planning. And what is undertaken during a typical renovation of a mid-sized bathroom.

Bathroom Renovation Planning


When renovating your bathroom there are a number of key design points to consider. Four of the most common electrical design topics are:

• power point
• lighting
• heating
• ventilation



Power point placement and how many you require are important considerations when renovating you bathroom. It is very easy to underestimate your needs.

Hand-powered grooming and cleaning tools are being replaced by high-tech, electrical devices. So try to take stock of bathroom appliances present and future while planning your bathroom renovation.

While planning your bathroom renovation consider whether electric powered devices will be run simultaneously. If this is the case, more circuits and power points can be added to accommodate the load.

For example;

  • Do you have two teens that are likely to be running hair dryers at the same time?
  • Do they also need a curling iron or hair straightener plugged-in and heating up while they are drying their hair?

Plan your power points accordingly.

If you like clean lines, you can improve the aesthetics of your bathroom by placing a number of power outlets in cupboards, cabinets or vanities.

For smaller bathrooms this may be a useful option where space is at a premium. Regular power outlets that are not installed inside cabinets are also useful when placed in optimal locations.

Plan with aesthetics in mind. Small details have a large impact in bathroom design. When planning power point placement there are three options to consider:

  • conceal
  • camouflage
  • complement

Sometimes all three options are taken.

The way power points need to be mounted and what protection is required is set out very specifically in AS/NZS 3000:2007. Your licensed electrical subcontractor should be completely familiar with all of rules and conventions.

If you do require an electrician, contact Style Plus and we will arrange for a qualified and experienced electrician to contact you and discuss your requirements.


Bathroom Design Acrylic or Tile?

Acrylic Shower or Tiled Shower | Bathroom Design

When it comes to your renovation bathroom design, deciding on the materials for the shower walls is one of the most critical decisions you will have to make.

Athena Soul Shower Bathroom Design
Athena Soul Shower

Deciding between acrylic or a tiled shower is one of the key decisions during your planning and design stage of your bathroom renovation or new build design. It is quite common that the final decision will come down to your personal preference, the available space and your renovation budget allocation.

However, before making your final decision, it is wise to understand the difference between these options.


Installing an acrylic liner for a shower is one of the most common options for a bathroom renovation or new build.

Allora Wall Round Moulded Shower - Bathroom Design
Athena Allora Moulded Shower

The acrylic liner is strong, flexible, water proof, typically white, shiny and easy to clean. They are glued to the walls and sealed with an overlap down to the shower tray. It is a very reliable system and very rarely gives trouble.


Tiled walls can look stunning. The tiled walls rely on the waterproofing behind the tiles to ensure there are no leaks.

Tile showers do come with a risk of leaks. If the shower pan is not sloped properly and if the tile grout is not sealed correctly, the shower can leak. There is also the risk of cracked tiles that could lead to leaks. Leaking can cause mould, mildew and rot underneath and behind your shower. However, with proper care a tiled shower wall can last for the life of your shower.


The cost of a tiled show does vary due to the selected format/quality of the tiles, fittings and area of the shower. In general tiled showers are normally designed as part of a fully tiled bathroom i.e. tiled to the ceiling.



Bathroom Renovation Specialists

Bathroom Renovation Specialists | Auckland

Style Plus | Renovations Auckland | Bathroom Renovation Specialists can bring your dream bathroom to life:

Bathroom Renovation Specialists

A bathroom renovation can turn your dark and tired outdated bathroom space into a beautiful stunning space and bring real pleasure for a busy family. Additionally, good bathroom design and renovations do add significant appeal to your home if you are planning to sell.

bathroom renovation specialists

Bathroom renovations are complex projects, so it pays to use a company that will project manage the whole process and deliver your dream bathroom within your timeframe and budget. As the saying goes “Time is of the essence” and generally who wants to be living without a bathroom for too long?

One of the main benefits of using Style Plus | bathroom renovation specialists, is that we design to your requirements and available space.

Generally, bathrooms are small spaces so a little bit of creative thinking in the planning process can go a long way to achieving your bathroom that has style, value and comfort that your family will enjoy.

At Style Plus | Renovations we project manage the entire project from design to removal of the old bathroom to the installation of the new; including everything from carpentry, electrical and tiling to painters, stoppers and under floor heating installers. We can also help with interior design and selection of fittings!

“Whether you are planning your new build bathroom or looking at a full bathroom renovation we have the knowledge and expertise to make it happen.” – Jan Antoni Glinkowski (Project Manager – Style Plus | Renovations North Shore Auckland)

For inspiration on your new bathroom, view Our Bathroom Design articles. Alternatively,  if you would like to book a consultation and kick start your project,  get in touch with us today!

Tip: All changes and improvements to your home must comply with the Building Code regardless of whether a Building Consent is required. At the end of the day, you do need to ensure that you have contracted a company that is fully aware of the building code and consent process. At Style Plus | Renovations Auckland we can guide you through the process and provide you with the plans and building consent as part of the costs – to make it as hassle free as possible.